The world around Bangkok is as fascinating as the capital itself. But also quite different. In under an hour or two you can explore many places for a delightful day-trip to escape from the city buzz, or stay overnight to get a true taste of a different kind of life. The most popular destination outside Bangkok is probably Pattaya, which is slowly shedding its sleazy image and reinventing itself as a family-oriented destination. The night-time frolics, however, remains. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the tranquillity and peace of Kanchanaburi and its claim to fame; the movie 'Bridge over the River Kwai'. Whatever your taste, it's all worth exploring.